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Regulating marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction

Marine genetic resources are likely to be useful for the development of new drugs, compounds, for use in food and industrial process, among others. For both pharmaceutical companies and researchers, this offers an opportunity to engage in marine bioprospecting, by searching for new genes and biomolecules of plants and animals located in oceans. Despite the…
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Progress made, but much work remains: 30th WIPO IGC on genetic resources

As noted in this post from last week, WIPO recently wrapped up the 30th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland.    The focus of the 3oth IGC was Genetic Resources (GR), with WIPO members seeking to advance the current draft text on a possible…
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Indigenous voices being marginalized at WIPO?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently playing host to the 30th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (backgrounder available here).   The meeting is being held in Geneva, Switzerland, where delegations from each of WIPO's 188 member states are in the process of negotiating language…
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